Players with enough skill to play as a top-six forward on an NHL roster are a valuable commodity. Likewise, there is always a place on the coach’s line-up sheet for a player who finds a way to effectively agitate and generally make themselves a pain-in-the ass for opponents.
Find a player who is equally comfortable around the net and in somebody’s face, and you’ve got something. David Perron is one of those guys, and that’s exactly what he delivered in the 116 games he played with the Edmonton Oilers. Hack. Yap. Score. Hack. Yap. Score. Rinse and repeat.
David Perron #57
|NUMBER:||57||BIRTHDATE:||May 28, 1988 (AGE 27)|
|HEIGHT:||6′ 0″||BIRTHPLACE:||Sherbrooke, QC, Canada|
|WEIGHT:||200||DRAFTED:||STL / 2007 NHL Entry Draft|
|SHOOTS:||Right||ROUND:||1st (26th overall)|
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Not particularly big or particularly fast, Perron’s willingness to shoot the puck from anywhere and then make a beeline for the net in search of a rebound or a face to wash saw him produce 33-43-76 during his tenure with the Oilers after arriving via trade from the St. Louis Blues.
In his only full season with Edmonton, 2013-14, Perron tallied 28-29-57 in 78 games to finish third, behind only Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, in team scoring. Those totals marked career highs in goals and points for Perron on a team that didn’t score nearly enough.
Perron’s 90 penalty minutes, most issued after the whistle in scrums and “your-momma” sessions with opponents driven to distraction by his hacking and yapping, was second only to tough guy Luke Gazdic, who face-punched his way to 127 PIM. Equally talented and tenacious was Perron.
To this point in his NHL career, Perron played his best hockey with the Oilers, and that’s what lands him on this list for me. The bonus with Perron’s brief tenure in Edmonton is that the price was right, both coming and going.
Craig MacTavish got Perron from the Blues for 2009 first-round draft pick (10th overall) Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick (centre Ivan Barbashev, taken 33rd overall). Paajarvi failed to stick in St. Louis, managing just 13 points in 65 games over parts of two seasons with the Blues.
MacTavish traded Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick (16th overall). Klinkhammer remains a serviceable depth winger who doesn’t make a lot of money and new GM Peter Chiarelli included the pick from Pittsburgh in the trade that landed Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders.
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